Matt Schofield Style Blues

by Stephane Lucarelli

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    THE PROFESSOR In this lesson, Stephane shreds a classic 12 bar blues chord progression, but steps beyond the expected minor blues sound. Using the Major Pentatonic Scale is something country, swing and jazz guitarists, such as Charlie Christian and Chet Atkins, started applying to their solos back in the early days of Swing and Country music. The Major Pentatonic Scale is a super slick way to make the changes in a blues progression, but break out from the more commonly used minor pentatonic sound. 

    Check this lesson out to get a deeper understanding of the Major Pentatonic Scale, and how it can be applied to your 12-Bar Blues soloing lines and phrases. 

    After checking these out, you’ll be well on your way to shredding Major Pentatonic Licks just like Stephane in this video, and many other great country, swing and jazz players of the post WWII era.

    Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my Matt Schofield style Blues lesson. We are going to talk about blues phrasing, scales and note choices that you can use to spice up a classic 12-bar blues progression in the key of A.

    Here's the chord progression :

    | A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
    | D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
    | E7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |

    We mainly use and mix two fundamental blues scales here :

    A Blues minor scale (with blues note / E flat = b5)
    A Major pentonic scale

    You are also going to use a very useful and cool-sounding scale, the A minor pentatonic add 6th (we could also add the blues note as well). To build this scale, you simply replace the 7th note (G) of the traditional minor pentatonic scale with the 6th note (F#).

    You can find a more in-depth explanations about phrasing and scale usage in each subsection of this video lesson.

    Gear used :

    - Haar Stratocaster
    - Fender Hot Rod amp
    - Xotic BB preamp

    Tempo : 152 BPM

    Key : A

    Have fun!

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